10 Popular and Affordable Spring Events in Asheville
Spring in Asheville is one of the most beautiful times of year in one of the most beautiful places in the world. No one wants to miss it! And you definitely should make sure that you don’t miss it yourself! While Asheville is an incredible attraction just because of its natural beauty, it also boasts many fun and note-worthy spring events. So, while you plan your lovely spring vacation with us here in Asheville - a break from your crazy day-to-day life filled with crammed schedules and nearly-missed appointments - plan to take in at least two or three of these top events happening in Asheville.
Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics
George Vanderbilt, the creator of the grand Vanderbilt mansion and estate in Asheville, was a book lover. in fact, he had a personal library that contained more than 22,000 beautiful volumes, and he counted the leading authors of his time amongst his personal friends. In honor of Vanderbilt’s love of books, they are displaying costumes from period films based upon some of the special books in Vanderbilt's collection. This display runs from February 10th - July 4th of this year. You can find out more information, and purchase tickets, here.
Spring has come early this year, due to the unseasonably warm weather we have been having. Which means that the Biltmore is getting ready to celebrate spring early with is annual Biltmore Blooms festival! It will run this year from March 20th through May 25th. And this year, the celebration will kick off with 50,000 tulip blooms in the Walled Garden’s patterned beds. Read more about this much-anticipated event here.
On Friday, March 24th, the Biltmore invites you to join them in tasting their first release of their Spring Wine. This year, it will be a beautiful Rose that is full of fruity notes of persimmon and blood orange, which are two of the fruits most bountiful in markets right now. A wine glass will be included as a souvenir of your delicious evening out.
April 15th is the date of this year’s Dillsboro’s Easter Hat Parade. As the name suggests, this parade features a variety of unique hats atop the participants. And the categories are just as unique as the hats themselves: best smelling, funniest, poofyest - you get the picture!
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Sunday, April 23rd, is a special day for all cheese lovers! For, that is the 2017 cheese fest is going to happen in Asheville! Check out the website for more information here.
April 29th-30th is when the Rhododendron and Azalea flower show is happening once again this year at the North Carolina Arboretum. This is the perfect time and place to soak up all the flowering natural beauty that you don’t usually see in one place at any other time of year.
Do you love music? Festival spirit? Fun, nature, and the soothing atmosphere of a river? Then check out the French Broad River Festival, which runs from May 5th-7th this year.
Downtown After 5 is a delightful outdoor concert and party held on the third Friday of every month from May through September. Sample local food, incredible local craft beer, and excellent live music while milling about enjoying the weather and the company of residents and visitors alike.
Who doesn’t love a city that has an entire week celebrating beer? Which is just another reason why you should come and relish all that we have to offer you here in Asheville! This year, Asheville is holding its beer week from May 26th-June 3rd. To kick the week of tastings and educational events off, there is the Beer Festival which is held this year on May 27th. This fun, outdoor festival held in the heart of downtown Asheville is the perfect opportunity to taste beers from over 32 local breweries. Can you imagine that? This day is a beer lover’s taste of paradise!
Also happening at the end of May (from the 27th to the 29th) is a lovely arts festival on the banks of beautiful Lake Lure. There will be live music, dancing even, and food to accompany the stalls of gorgeous art and local handmade crafts. Definitely something you don’t want to miss out on!